We are holiday junkies in our house. Once the seasonal decor from one holiday comes down, the next goes up. After my Christmas decorations were put away, I was ready to fill that void by setting out Valentine’s decorations. Creating memories around each holiday is important in our house. We do several traditions centered around Valentine’s Day including these cute DIY mailboxes.
If you don’t have a Valentine’s Day tradition or would like to add one more then stick around for all the details below on starting your own mailboxes.
A couple years ago, I stumbled upon the idea of Valentine’s mailboxes for my boys. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to make each of them one. Here is what you will need.
- Mailboxes (I found mine at Joann’s Fabric Store in several colors)
- Inexpensive Pillar Candleholder
- Spray Paint
- Liquid Nails
- Permanent Vinyl (to use in your favorite craft cutting machine)
- Embellishments Such As Felt Stickers and Ribbon
Start by spray painting the candleholders in your color of choice. Once dry, it is time to adhere the mailboxes to the candleholders. I experimented with several options before I landed on the one that worked. The best result was obtained by using Liquid Nails. You can find it at your local home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot next to the paint section. Let this dry for 24- 48 hours. Then let creativity flow by decorating the outside of the mailboxes. I used permanent vinyl and my Circut machine to personalize each of them. The circuit library has thousands of options to choose from. Down the rabbit hole I went.
Now that you have these adorable mailboxes, then what do you put in them? We use ours for a daily countdown starting February 1st. Yes I know, it seems like we have a countdown for every holiday. But who’s counting? The last couple years, I have put a piece of candy, a love coupon from Printabelle, and a ‘what I love about you’ heart. The hearts were made out of cardstock paper and I wrote one thing that I love about them each day. We then tape it to their bedroom door to view the whole countdown. Fills their little hearts!
This year I plan to add 14 random acts of love to our tradition. I found this idea from Holly Brooke Jones on her post called Valentine Countdown. I love that they are simple yet meaningful and could teach my boys ways to show love outside these 14 days.
Excited to give this idea a go? Comment below with what you will put in your mailboxes?